Computer & software recommendations

We recommend that all students come with a well equipped laptop computer (for free movement across the college). WiFi is available throughout our campus and all residence halls have ethernet ports.

Note: You are not required to purchase a computer or software, as we have computer labs for you to use. To succeed using our labs alone, however, will require your careful time management.

Tips:

Internet service & device discount

If you receive a Pell Grant, or if your household has low income or has experienced significant income loss since February 2020, then you may qualify for a federal discount on your internet service and a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. Act quickly; funds are limited and the program will end 6 months after the COVID-19 health emergency is declared over.

Learn more about (or apply for) the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.

Our minimum suggestions

Computer

  • Laptop

    • Note: Not a Chromebook.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5

  • RAM: 8GB

  • Storage: 256GB SSD

  • Webcam

Any additional major recommendations are listed below.

Software

Any major recommendations are listed below.

What the YCP Majors recommend

If any major has computer or software recommendations beyond our minimum suggestions above, they're contained here. Please contact us with any questions.

Civil Engineering

Computer

  • Processor: Intel Core i7

  • RAM: 16GB

  • Storage: 512GB SSD

  • Operating System: Windows 10

    • Note: not macOS

Chemistry

Computer

  • Operating System: Windows 10

Computer Science

Computer

  • Processor: Intel Core i5

  • RAM: 16GB

Additional useful items

Headset with microphone

  • For remote class meetings.

10 foot cat6 ethernet cable

  • For a wired internet connection in your residence hall.

ACC ethernet adapter, if your laptop does not have an ethernet port.

  • To use with the ethernet cable.

HDMI, mini display port, or USB-C adapter, if your laptop does not have these ports.

500GB or larger external hard drive or solid state drive (SSD)

  • To backup up your laptop’s hard drive.

Antivirus

We recommend using Windows Security, which is a default on all Windows 10 computers. If you have a computer without Security, then we suggest choosing a software with up-to-date definitions and routinely scheduled virus scans.

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